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Ask the MassDrive Agent: Favorite Small Business In Massachusetts?

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, we wanted to feature some of our agents’ favorite small businesses in the Bay State!  As a small business ourselves, we appreciate when people make an effort to shop local and support members of their own community.  If any of these businesses are in your area, be sure to stop in and tell them MassDrive sent you!

Al’s Cafes – If you’re looking for the best sub in Boston, look no further!  With two locations in Boston, this cafe has perfected the commotion of the lunch time rush and frequently serves lines out the door in a quick, timely manner that won’t make you late on your way back to work after your lunch break.  Our sales rep, Jeff, loves their steak and cheese sub but their chicken salad sub also gets rave reviews from other member of our team.  Jeff says it’s great how organized they are even though there always seems to be a long line and their food never disappoints!

Catracho Restaurant – Located in Chelsea, this is a favorite eatery of our sales rep, Teresa.  Serving up family style international cuisine, it’s a great stop if you’re looking to try something different and unique.  They feature authentic Honduran food, which is a regional variation of Mexican food so you may see some of your old favorites on the menu with a new twist.  The staff is always pleasant and their food is fresh and homemade, it can’t be beat if you’re looking to try something new and exciting.

Crompton Collective – This shop is a favorite of our sales rep, Christine.  It’s a warehouse in Worcester filled with different vendor booths of handmade antiques, vintage items, jewelry, and more.  They also offer free DIY nights and classes for young business people.  The warehouse is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday from 11 AM – 8 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM.  Stop by if you’re in the area and check out some of the unique items and pieces that Crompton Collective has to offer!

Twin Donuts – This donut shop is in Allston and does not exclusively sell donuts, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu that includes classic pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.  Our customer service rep, Chrissy, loves their home fries and breakfast sandwiches.  She describes it as “reasonably priced with a very nice staff”.  If you have your heart set on a donut make sure you get there early, they are a popular commodity and often sell out early!

Union Square Donuts – Our sales agent, Shawn, can’t get enough of this donut shop!  He said their maple bacon donut is “the best thing on Earth” and describes the atmosphere as very eclectic.  He also says they have great customer service and it’s always a pleasure stopping by.  Right now they’re selling kits for making doughnut bread pudding and doughnut stuffing, just in time for the holidays!  Located in Somerville, the shop also has many other unique creations that have earned them a solid fan base and reputation as one of the best donut shops in the Bay State.

As you can see, we’re big food lovers in this office, and we love supporting small businesses in Massachusetts!  In honor of Small Business Saturday, stop by one of these local spots or another small business in your area and buy local!

Photo By: David Salafia


Turkey Farms In Massachusetts


Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’re here to tell you where to get the perfect turkey!  Buying from a local turkey farm not only ensures your Thanksgiving dinner will be as fresh as possible, it also supports local businesses. There’s still time to put your order in before the big day, avoid the supermarket rush and stop by one of these local turkey farms!

Bob’s Turkey Farm – This family owned and operated business began in 1954 and is located in Lancaster.  They raise 10,000 turkeys on their farm in Lancaster each year and another 5,000 on their farm in Ashburnham.  All turkeys are fed a well balanced grain diet, raised in barns and outdoor pens free to move around as they wish, and are healthy and disease free.  Fresh and frozen turkeys are available during the week of Thanksgiving as well as turkey pies, soups, sides, and of course fresh desserts.

Bongi’s Turkey Roost – Run and operated by the Bongiorno family since 1947, Bongi’s Turkey Roost is located in Duxbury and is one of the oldest turkey farms in the state.  Their turkeys are “raised for quality and sold on merit”, and all turkeys are fed a strict vegetarian diet.  They are now taking orders for Thanksgiving dinners, and there are so many options to choose from it might be hard to pick!  There are farm fresh turkeys, fresh frozen turkeys, hot roast turkeys, chicken options, and a huge variety of sides including homemade stuffing, homemade butternut squash, homemade mashed potatoes, turkey salad, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, and their famous jumbo taters.  They can even customize your dinner for you, talk about outstanding service!

Gerard Turkey Farm – What could be better on Thanksgiving than picking up a fresh turkey dinner for the whole family that’s already been prepared? Let Gerard’s do the cooking this year and spend more time with your family!  They also have heat and serve products available if you do not want to order a hot meal for pickup on Thanksgiving day.  Although turkeys are no longer raised on site at Gerard Farms, the Gerard family is committed to producing top quality, home made products for their customers that do not contain preservatives.  The farm is located in Marshfield and is a popular Thanksgiving tradition for many families on the south shore.

Raymond’s Turkey Farm – Located in Methuen, this family run farm has been raising turkeys for over 50 years.  All of their turkeys are bred on site and are fed only a high quality grain diet.  Whether you buy fresh turkey, hot roasted turkey, a turkey pie, or any of the number of additional products they offer, all of the ingredients are guaranteed fresh and do not contain any preservatives.  The farm is open daily from 8 AM – 5 PM for business if you want to pick up dinner for the family and can also prepare large portions for special occasions with 24 hr notice, but for Thanksgiving orders try and call as far in advance as possible.

If these turkey farms are close to you, they are a great option to consider for your Thanksgiving dinner!  Avoid rushing through a crowded supermarket and head to one of these friendly, family-run farms and support small businesses here in Massachusetts!

Photo By: Tim Massey

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